We Gotta Try! – 12/19/18 PM

We Gotta Try!

Lamentations 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

 

Intro: The word TRY has several meanings.

  1. It can mean Examination – like our text here.

TRY: to search, search for, search out, examine, investigate

A. There’s an emphasis on the Personal – Let US search and try OUR ways.

It may be a group activity, but you and I have to examine OURSELVES; a personal searching and trying.

  1. There’s an emphasis on the Path – our ways
  2. There’s an emphasis on the Purpose – and turn again to the Lord

 B. It can mean Effort

We use the word “try” to mean attempting something that may be difficult.

What I’d like to point out is this simple truth: we desperately need to do both.

We have to try.

Most people fail at turning again to the Lord because they simply fail to TRY.

Many Christians never live a life of victory and blessing because they don’t put forth any effort.

WE GOTTA TRY!

It requires effort; it requires a desire; it requires a clear vision of what God wants and pursuing it.

I’d like to use a play on words, and preach this thought tonight – WE GOTTA TRY!

 

We Gotta Try…

I. To Avoid Filthiness

  • 2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
  • James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
  • Ephesians 5:3-5 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

It is hard these days to keep yourself unspotted from the world, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

It is very difficult in this wicked generation to stay clean, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

It’s not easy to walk among the unsaved and the ungodly and remain pure…

The pressure to compromise is sometimes almost impossible to withstand, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

The effect of the world’s pull on our sinful flesh gets difficult to endure, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

Satan’s non-stop assault on our senses wears away at our resistance…

The world’s efforts to destroy our testimony makes it hard to maintain, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

The prince and the power of the air is doing all he can to stop us from living right, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

If we are going to search our ways and turn again unto the Lord, WE GOTTA TRY!

 

If we invite ourselves to participate in sinful activities, WE ARE NOT EVEN TRYING!

When we allow the unsaved to dictate our choices, WE ARE NOT EVEN TRYING!

If we make the unbeliever our closest ally and confidant, WE ARE NOT EVEN TRYING!

When we assemble ourselves with those that mock spiritual things, WE ARE NOT EVEN TRYING!

Allowing everything and anything that Hollywood produces entertain us, WE ARE NOT EVEN TRYING!

Spending time and making friends on social media that do not share your faith IS NOT EVEN TRYING!

 

If we are going to search our ways and turn again unto the Lord, WE GOTTA TRY!

When we turn our back on God-given authority and rebel at God’s voice, WE ARE NOT EVEN TRYING!

When we close our ears to truth, to Bible preaching, to parental counsel, to godly wisdom…

When we incline our ears to the froward and the scorners, WE ARE NOT EVEN TRYING!

If we pursue every fad and fashion that the wicked introduce, WE ARE NOT EVEN TRYING!

 

If we are going to search our ways and turn again unto the Lord, WE GOTTA TRY!

If kids are going to have a chance to grow up in a home where God is, WE GOTTA TRY!

If teenagers are going to walk down the wedding aisle pure, WE GOTTA TRY!

If women are going to be godly moms and raise godly children, WE GOTTA TRY!

If Dads are going to be the spiritual leaders in the home, it won’t be easy, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

We’ve got to stop taking such a weak, indecisive position on sin.

We have to become more dogmatic about right and wrong.

We may offend some people, and we may create some enemies.

We might lose some friends and we may have to serve God without some people.

We may not always get it right, and we may mess up from time to time, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

 

We Gotta Try…

II. To Appropriate Forgiveness

  • Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

It is not easy to let bygones be bygones, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

Sometimes, the flesh fights letting grudges and grievances go, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

It is very hard to grant forgiveness when certain things happen to you, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

We may want to hold onto the hurt and nurse the bitterness, not letting it go, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

Talking about it all the time will be hard to stop doing, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

If we are going to search our ways and turn again unto the Lord, WE GOTTA TRY!

 

We may try to look for reasons to justify our bitterness, but we must give it to the Lord.

As long as we harbor resentment, we will be robbing ourselves of our peace and our joy.

It may be hard, it may take a while, it will take a lot of determination, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

  • Matthew 5:23, 24 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

 

We Gotta Try…

III. To Achieve Faithfulness

  • 1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

I am encouraged by the fact that God never required us to do anything we were incapable of doing.

Achieving a testimony of faithfulness has never been easy, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

God requires it; He expects it; He demands it; He rewards it! WE GOTTA TRY!

  • Psalms 31:23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful…

There are so many things that Satan will put in our path to stop us, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

The devil will tell you that you can’t make it to church three times a week, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

Your circumstances will continually evolve to prevent you from attending church, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

  • Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

The tithe will always be God’s; not ours. We may struggle to tithe faithfully, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

Setting aside mission money each week may not be easy some weeks; BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

 

If we are going to search our ways and turn again unto the Lord, WE GOTTA TRY!

I’m amazed at just how many of God’s people do not even seem to try!

The problem is not that God is not blessing us, the problem is WE ARE NOT EVEN TRYING!

The problem is not that God doesn’t provide; WE ARE NOT EVEN TRYING!

  • Psalms 101:6 Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.

Telling others about Jesus has always been a challenge, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

We may not see someone saved every time, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

We may forget to leave a track or an outreach card every place we go, BUT WE GOTTA TRY!

If we are going to search our ways and turn again unto the Lord, WE GOTTA TRY!

Conclusion: I’d rather try and fail, than to FAIL TO TRY!!